Patients often think dentists are exclusively focused on their teeth and gums, not realizing the role that dentists play in fostering overall health.
Dentistry is a crucial branch of medicine which draws upon knowledge of the body as a whole to effectively treat the patient.
For example, did you know that your oral health can impact the health of your heart? Bacteria can travel from your mouth to the rest of the body through the blood stream. When these bacteria arrive at the heart they latch onto damaged areas, causing inflammation which can result in illness. Studies have connected cardiovascular conditions such as clogged arteries and stroke with inflammation caused by oral bacteria.
In addition to helping you prevent illness, your dentist can also help spot potential emerging medical problems. For example, the presence of gum disease, receding gum lines, loose teeth, can be a potential indicator of diabetes.
Dentists look at each individual’s unique situation and adjust treatment when appropriate. Some medical procedures such as radiation, or chemotherapy, may require a change to the way the dentist treats your oral health. Recent surgeries can also impact the approach taken in providing dental c
are, and antibiotics might be indicated before extensive dental work to reduce the risk of infection.
It is important to keep your dentist informed about all medications and supplements that you take because they can also have an impact on your dental care. Anti-depressant use can impact bone mineral density and require a different approach to placing dental implants. Other medications, such as asprin, blood thinners, and some herbal remedies, can change the way that blood clots.
Just like a general MD doctor, dentists are a crucial part of your health care team.
They call upon their knowledge and experience in their field of expertise to help you maintain your overall health. During your visit, talk to your dentist about any health concerns so that he or she can better help you. Visit our contact page to submit any questions or would like to schedule a consultation with our expert dental team.